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Death of a Valentine (Hamish Macbeth Series #25)

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  • Posted February 25, 2010

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    I never tire of the Hamish Macbeth mysteries, and always enjoy a return visit to northern Scotland when a new one comes out. This was no exception. In the latest story, a beautiful Highland festival queen is murdered by a homemade bomb. Investigation reveals that the lady was no better than she ought to be, and had a string of resentful ex-lovers. The secondary plot involves Hamish's new subordinate, a cute but extremely alcoholic policewoman named Josie. Modern women will view with a curled lip Josie's devious (and often dangerous) machinations to become Hamish's bride. Nonetheless, a very enjoyable tale that Hamish Macbeth fans will not want to miss.

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  • Posted January 23, 2010

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    HAMISH MACBETH TO MARRY?

    DEATH OF A VALENTINE
    A Hamish Macbeth Mystery
    M.C. Beaton
    Grand Central Publishing
    $23.99 - Hardcover
    ISBN: 978-0-446-54738-3
    256 pages
    Reviewer: Annie Slessman

    The twenty-fifth book in the Hamish Macbeth series, M.C. Beaton's latest, DEATH OF A VALENTINE finds Hamish Macbeth standing at the alter waiting for his bride to be Josie McSween. Unlike most grooms who look at their new bride with lust and wonder, Hamish is hoping for a miracle that will stop this event.

    Josie McSween is Hamish's new constable. Her sweetness is appreciated by most of the townfolk but for Hamish, she is annoying and an interruption of his well established lifestyle. Josie, a romantic, falls for Hamish and puts into place a plan to be his wife.

    While Josie proceeds with her plans to win over Hamish, they investigate the murder of the town's beauty queen. The investigation takes them into neighboring villages, into the lives of people they consider good townspeople and a revelation that all is not what it seems to be.

    While Hamish performs the miracles his townspeople are used to, Josie's plans are unfolding before the eyes of one of Hamish's friends, a local celebrity.

    The characters in this story are strong, believable and interesting. Beaton has again worked her magic and the fans of the Hamish Macbeth series will not be disappointed with this addition.

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  • Posted January 15, 2010

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    M.C. Beaton scores again!

    In Death of a Valentine, the 25th Hamish Macbeth mystery, M.C. Beaton gives us a detective cozy with a romantic comedic subplot set in Lochdubh, a picturesque Scottish village. The tone, pace, and setting take you to a fictional village where everyone knows each other and each other's business quite well. Even if you're new to M.C. Beaton's Hamish Macbeth series as I am, you'll easily figure out Lochdubh's characters, from Angela Brody, the doctor's wife and good friend of Hamish Macbeth, to crotchety Mrs. Wellington, who rents out rooms to the new constable Josie McSween, to Sir Andrew Etherington who lends out the diamond tiara for the annual fair day parade.

    Hamish Macbeth, our lead character and a perpetual bachelor, is clearly set in his ways. Hamish wants to keep his pets, his police station/home, his village and his personal life just the way it is. But the sudden murder of a young beauty queen, Annie Fleming, disrupts Hamish's routine. The murder draws Hamish and Josie into a complex investigation, full of twists and turns, and unexpected discoveries. Things are never as they seem, even in this small Scottish village.

    A mystery cozy of the best sort, M.C. Beaton's Death of a Valentine, is a fun, entertaining read. If you're looking for a mystery of the Agatha Christie sort with the quirks of Scotland, I recommend Death of a Valentine!

    ISBN-10: 0446547387
    Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (January 12, 2010), 256 pages.
    Review copy provided by the publisher.

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